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Sunday, December 4, 1977 - Home Game

LOSS - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 00 Chicago Bears 10

Chicago Bears’ running back Walter Payton entered the game with hopes of surpassing O.J. Simpson's 2,003-yard 1973 season, but was held to 101 yards on 33 carries.

Buccaneers Ricky Bell set new franchise rushing records with 94 yards on 24 carries. Payton scored the game's only touchdown, a three-yard run that was set up by a 32-yard pass to Steve Schubert from punter Bob Parsons.

Lee Roy Selmon sacked quarterback Bob Avellini twice, blocked one of his passes, and hurried him several times. The Buccaneers’ only serious offensive threat ended with a missed field goal in the first quarter.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Cloudy - 72°F. - Humidity 58% - Wind S.S.W. 5 mph Wind Chill 70°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Dick Jorgens
    • UMPIRE: Gerry Heart
    • LINE JUDGE: Royal Cathcart
    • HEAD LINESMAN: Dave Hawk
    • BACK JUDGE: Ligouri Hagerty
    • FIELD JUDGE: Dick Dolack
    SCORING
    • BEARS: 11:07-4Q Thomas FG32
    • BEARS: 03:18-4Q Payton 3 run (Thomas kick)
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #89 J. McKay
    • LT: #75 D. Reavis
    • LG: #62 J. Winans
    • C: #79 S. Wilson
    • RG: #68 D. Medlin
    • RT: #70 D. Carlton
    • TE: #83 S. Nafziger
    • WR: #85 M. Owens
    • QB: #14 R. Hedberg
    • RB: #43 E. Williams
    • RB: #42 R. Bell
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LE: #78 C. Rudolph
    • DT: #76 D. Pear
    • RE: #63 L. Selmon
    • OLB: #57 D. Lewis
    • ILB: #61 D. Selmon
    • ILB: #54 R. Wood
    • OLB: #56 C. Johnson
    • LC: #45 J. White
    • RC: #40 M. Washington
    • SS: #33 M. Cotney
    • FS: #34 C. Brown
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 4 Green, 23 Ragsdale, 32 L Carter, 35 DuBose, 46 Reece, 51 Ryczek, 52 Harris, 53 Bonness, 59 Lemon, 64 Robinson, 65 R Johnson, 72 G Johnson, 77 Kollar, 80 Novak, 81 Hagins, 87 Mucker.
    DID NOT PLAY
    • 5 Swider, 19 Huff, 25 Jordan, 66 B Carter, 82 Waddell.
    INACTIVE
    • 17 Blount, 28 Davis.

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Bell 25-94, Williams 8-18, DuBose 2-8, Hagins 1-2, Ragsdale 1-(-2), Carter 5-(-6).
    • BEARS: Payton 33-101, Harper 9-27, Scott 1-10, Musso 1-3.
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Hedberg 15-4-36-2-0.
    • BEARS: Avellini 25-11-130-1-0, Parsons 1-1-32-0-0, Harper 1-0-0-0-0.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Hagins 1-10, McKay 1-9, Novak 1-9, Carter 1-8.
    • BEARS: Scott 7-79, Schubert 3-60, Latta 1-15, Harper 1-8.
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: White 1-0.
    • BEARS: Livers 1-29, Fencik 1-10.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Hagins 1-24.
    • BEARS: Musso 1-15.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Reece 2-3, Hagins 2-(-3).
    • BEARS: Schubert 7-22.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: L. Selmon 2-19, Pear 1-10.
    • BEARS: Osborne 1-11, Newsome 1-4.

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